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Re: [gNewSense-users] How to voluntarily follow gNewSense / FSF guidelin

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] How to voluntarily follow gNewSense / FSF guidelines on my Ubuntu Apple PPC?
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:38:39 +0930

On Mon, 2008-09-08 at 00:41 -0700, Brian Greer wrote:
> Karl Goetz wrote:
> > I run Etch on my Apple(s) here.
> The only major thing I had to do with Etch was to run 
> dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config and say "NO" to bitmap fonts, and 
> for the most part, all was well.

I've only used them as servers.

> > However some free drivers contain non-free code (iirc our ATI driver, or
> > NV?).
> Oh man, I have to know about NV.  If it isn't truly free then I'm 
> off to pay for a card and support a vendor that will do my gNewSense 
> desktop box justice.

The ati driver contain(ed?) an array of hex values that were deemedd
non-free, and nv had code nvidia had forced xorg to buggerise.
Not sure what the current status of the nv driver is, the nauvou team
were working on removing all the mangled code.

> > I decided not to bother with 2.x because upstream (ubuntu) no longer
> > offically support PPC, so any problems would be our problem
> > (exclusively).
> Here's the secret about official ppc support: You can still get it, 
> right up to Intrepid, but you have to know where they have hidden it.
> It only means that you can't buy a support contract for it, bugs in 
> the latest releases won't hold up the release of the official 
> architecture releases, the repos have been removed from the mirrors, 
> but are available at a single new repo site.

Read, unsupported.

Karl Goetz <address@hidden>

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